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Breast Implant Removal and Replacement

The Problem

You may feel it is time to replace your current breast implants or have decided that you want to increase or decrease the size of your implants.


Many women feel after a number of years of having breast implants that they would like to replace them or remove them.  There are many reasons a woman may decide to replace or remove her implants, from medical reasons such as capsular contracture, ruptured implants, concerns about the integrity of your implants and implants that have sunk below the natural breast crease (bottoming out). There are also cosmetic reasons such as wishing to increase or decrease the size of the implant or simply wanting to remove them altogether in favour of a natural chest. As your body ages and following childbirth, implants that once were once a perfect fit may no longer suit your body shape.

The Private Clinic is a well-known provider of breast implant replacement surgery. We have a reputation as a trusted cosmetics provider following the PIP breast implant scandal that affected so many of our competitors. Breast implant replacement still continues to be one of our most commonly performed procedures. Our breast surgeons ensure care, sensitivity and discretion are given to such a big decision. At The Private Clinic, our leading UK consultant plastic surgeons are here to guide you in making the best choice in breast removal and replacement surgery, mastopexy and auto augmentation.

Why would patients have their Breast Implants removed?

Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adrian Richards MBBS, MSc, FRCS (Plast.) GMC Number 3286812 discusses common reasons as to why patients may choose to remove or replace their breast implants.

We have a range of different treatment options available and it depends on firstly the reason for your removal and also your desired outcome as to what course of treatment would be best suited to you.

Breast Implant removal and/or replacement procedures consultations are available in London, Buckinghamshire, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

The following procedure options are available;

Breast Implant Removal – Your breast implants are removed and no further surgery is performed.

Breast Implant Replacement or Breast re-augmentation – Your original implants are removed but are then replaced by new implants which can be the same size, smaller or bigger.

Breast Capsulectomy – Capsular contracture can cause pain and distortion in the appearance of your bust. A capsulectomy procedure removes the capsule which is the lining around your implant and then you can either have the original implant removed or replaced.

Enbloc – An enbloc procedure is when the implant and the capsule are removed at the same time with the implant still inside the intact scar tissue capsule. It can be difficult to guarantee that a total enbloc is possible as in some cases the capsule tissue is very thin or tightly attached to the chest wall, in which case a breast capsulectomy be performed instead. Your surgeon will be able to discuss your options with you in more detail at a consultation.

Breast Implant Removal with Uplift (Mastopexy) – This combined procedure may be recommended if your surgeon feels your breast tissue has stretched. The procedure will ensure that after the implant is removed your nipple is lifted back up to its natural position.

Breast Auto-Augmentation – A breast auto augmentation is a great option for patients who wish to remove their implants but still wish to retain volume. Your surgeon will use your existing breast tissue to reshape the breast giving you fullness in the upper bust along with an uplifted appearance too.

At The Private Clinic, we offer Nagor, Mentor, Motiva, Allergan Smooth and B lite breast implants. The best option is to discuss the type of breast implant and what is best for your shape in your consultation with your breast cosmetic surgeon.

Toula’s Patient Story

Patient Toula found herself feeling unhappy with the size of her breast implants following surgery at another clinic. She decided to have a Breast Re-Augmentation or Breast Implant Replacement/Exchange with Mr Navid Jallali at The Private Clinic in Harley Street.

“I was very conscious of how big I felt, I never wore outfits that would accentuate them but I now find myself buying clothes that I maybe wouldn’t have before!”

Read Toula’s patient story here.

The Problem

You may feel it is time to replace your current breast implants or have decided that you want to increase or decrease the size of your implants.


The Procedure

There are a number of different treatment options available to you depending on your desired look and the condition of your current breast implants. During your initial consultation, your breast surgeon will discuss all of these options to see which approach will be suitable for you. You will need to consider different breast implant shapes and sizes and what look you wish to achieve with your new implants.

The procedure itself is similar to breast enlargement surgery. It is normally performed under a general anaesthetic and can take between 1-2 hours to complete. Your breast surgeon will use your existing scars to remove your old implants and in some cases, a capsulectomy will need to be performed if you have decided to increase the size of your implants to allow room for the larger volume of the implant.

The Results

Results will vary considerably depending on the patient and implants chosen. After discussion and consultation with your surgeon your results should match the expectations discussed.

Recovery / Downtime

You will actually find that your recovery will be slightly better than when you had your initial breast augmentation. This is because your tissue and skin has already been stretched.

You can normally carry out light duties after a few days and return to work 1-2 weeks following surgery.  Strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4-5 weeks.



Should I have my implants removed or replaced?

Is Breast Implant removal right for me?

Are your breast implants too big?

What is capsular contracture?

Will my breasts go back to normal once the implant has been removed?

Can my implants only be removed by the surgeon who did my original procedure?

What should I expect during breast implant removal surgery?

What is an Enbloc?

Can I have my implants removed and then replaced in one procedure?

Is breast implant replacement the same as a breast augmentation?

Breast implant exchange, how much bigger or smaller can I go?

How long should I wait before removing or changing my breast implants?

How many times can I have revision surgery?

What are the risks associated with breast implant removal or replacement?

I have heard about ALCL, do my implants need removing or replacing?

Will the recovery be the same as my initial breast augmentation?

My implants are more than 10 years old; does this mean they need replacing?

What will my scars be like after surgery?

Could I have implants again after previously having them removed?

What Should I Know About Capsular Contraction?

What happens to my implants once they are removed?

How much does Breast Implant Removal and Replacement cost?

Am I covered for implant removal or exchange with my implant warranty cover?

The French Government has decided to ban certain textured implants how does this affect me?

For more information on breast implants, see our extensive FAQs here.

For more information on breast uplift procedures, see our extensive FAQs here.

For more information of Breast Auto Augmentation, see our extensive FAQs here.

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    Mr Adrian Richards and his team are truly fantastic. They have changed my life and given me a new found confidence. The care I received during my Implant Removal / Tummy Tuck operation at the hospital and before/after at the Princes Risborough clinic is second to none. I had my pre op with nurse Sinead who was so lovely and completely put me at ease. I also met with the admin team at the clinic to go over more questions which made me feel confident that I am in very good hands! After the procedure I had his nurses calling and texting me regularly to make sure I’m ok which really put my mind at ease knowing that I was in good care. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Mr Richards and his team truly care and made me feel secure.

    Hayley, Bucks

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